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DFDS BALTIC NEWBUILD SOON READY FOR SEA TRIALS

DFDS BALTIC NEWBUILD SOON READY FOR SEA TRIALS

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 

DFDS has reported that its new combined freight and passenger ferry for the Baltic Sea, being constructed at Guangzhou Shipyard International in China, will soon be ready for sea trials, having successfully concluded the inclining test.

Steen Haurum, Site Manager, said: “An inclining test’s purpose is to establish the vessel’s centre of gravity. Since this is a crucial parameter when calculating stability, it is of course important that the value is accurate, which is why the vessel must be almost finished. This means that the hull must be finalised, and all major equipment installed. Now we have another huge task ahead: commissioning of all onboard systems and finalization of the vessel including sea trials.”

The 230m long ferry will have capacity for 600 passengers and 270 trailers. The interior is already taking shape, with completion expected in the second half of the summer.

Captain Mindaugas Nosavičius, from DFDS, is travelling to China. He said: “One of the goals for this trip is to get acquainted with the ferry’s machinery, equipment and technology. We’ll also take part in the extensive sea trials which, if all goes well, should take place in the middle of April and last several days. These trials test speed, manoeuvrability, equipment and safety features.“

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